Requiem by Curtis White
(American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

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Requiem is a darkly comic novel about what it means to be human in a culture obsessed with sex and death. With a structure loosely based on the Mass for the Dead, this ambitious novel includes letters-to-the-editor, an e-mail correspondence with a porn queen, scenes from the lives of classical musicians, and retellings of biblical stories. In the process, White charts the rise and fall of the Human from the Bible (pre-human), to the Enlightenment (the invention of the human), to the digital age (post-human). In an America where everyone keeps a secret website, and where a modern Prophet can only weep at the stories he hears, Requiem reveals our past, present and future with wit, sadness, and complete honesty.


About Curtis White

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Curtis White is an American essayist and author. He serves as professor of English at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and as President of the board of directors of the Center for Book Culture.
Published October 1, 2001 by Dalkey Archive Press. 332 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His efforts to find the truth about the lives of his subjects correspond to a general theme of truth- and soul-searching, as smut-peddlers reveal their reasons for getting into the business ($$$, physical/psychological reasons), customers pour out their anguish—and their depravity—in e-mail, comp...

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Divided into six sections to imitate the six sections Mozart wrote for his unfinished Requiem, White's latest novel deals in pattern and frequency rather than character and plot.

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The Washington Post

people wave goodbye in improbably “powdery rain.” I’m reminded of a scene in Ha Jin’s magnificent short story “The English Professor,” in which a visiting scholar sabotages himself by signing his tenure request with the nonexistent word “Respectly.” Fiction can tell great truths.

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Chicago Sun Times

Ha Jin’s latest novel takes place in the former Chinese Nationalist capital just before and after one of the worst wartime atrocities of modern times.

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Diehard GameFan

Blood Sorcery is the newest supplement for the New World of Darkness’ Vampire: The Requiem.

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